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Title:
Father by blood
Author:
Bryant, Louella, 1947-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Shelburne, Vt. : New England Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
116 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Although fifteen-year-old Annie Brown becomes drawn into her father's battle against slavery and his raid on Harpers Ferry, she later questions both his motives and his means.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781881535331
Format :
Book

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Although fifteen-year-old Annie Brown becomes drawn into her father's battle against slavery and his raid on Harpers Ferry, she later questions both his motives and his means.


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Gr 6-9-A straightforward portrayal of Annie, the young woman who followed her abolitionist father, John Brown, to Harper's Ferry to care for the men as they prepared to raid the United States Armory. Written from her perspective as an old woman, it is a daughter's attempt to come to peace with the memory of the stern, taciturn man who saw no disparity between his deep religious faith and his willingness to use violence. As far as he was concerned, God was on his side, and he went forth with his radical plan even if it divided his family or cost innocent lives. Many of the characters, especially Annie and her father, are less colorful or complex than those crafted by Ann Rinaldi in Mine Eyes Have Seen (Scholastic, 1997). Rinaldi's Annie accompanies her father, partly to gain approval from the distant family patriarch, whereas Bryant's goes because she cannot bear to be left behind by the young man she loves and her brother and his wife. Bryant's character is puzzled by her father, but Rinaldi's is in pain as she alternately loves, fears, obeys, and rebels against him. While this novel is competently written and the author shows promise, Rinaldi's is a far more gripping tale.-Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.